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Iowa Safe Schools Week (September 2016 School Leader Update)


Here are some things you can do in your school to recognize Iowa Safe Schools week locally:

  • Work with your local fire department to do lesson plans regarding fires.
  • Practice fire drills, tornado drills, and other emergency drills.
  • Start an awareness campaign in your school asking your students to be aware of their surroundings and anything that is out of place, etc.
  • Remind parents about school bus safety.
  • Review your buildings for appropriate access controls.
  • Make sure you’re implementing effective school security when visitors are in your building.
  • Review your school safety plan with local law enforcement and other emergency management agencies.
  • Plan a day at the Capitol for the proclamation signing of Safe Schools Week by Governor Branstad. The date and time is yet to be determined but you may contact for more information and to check availability of space.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. If you have other ideas, we would love to hear them. Just send me an email at

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 21, 2018 at 4:51pm.